President's Christmas Message to MNZ Members
I hope you are well and truly beginning to see the opportunity for a break at the end of this year and as our summer season kicks in. As usual I'm sure the year has provided various growth and challenges for each of us, personally and professionally, well done on getting through it all!
The executive team have literally just finished a day long planning meeting on Saturday, where plenty of discussion was had on many topics that are deemed to help us move forward as a profession, in a sustainable way. One of the key ideas was to create a proactive system that helps the future executive members follow on with the planning that has already occurred, and be able to readily access information to assist them in their roles. We are hoping that this will provide consistency in our approach to long term goals of regulation and recognition as a professional organisation, with greater acceptance of what we can provide for the New Zealand healthcare system. It's worth noting that this is not an exhaustive list and is being approached from a very long-term view (8-10 years), with the expectation of fluid priorities.
Natural enthusiasm can often create many individual projects and a splintering of effective time usage, delaying progress on larger organisational/professional goals. Our goal is to identify three achievable tasks for the coming year, out of a much larger list. Three tasks don't seem like much, but when we consider that our executive team are all volunteer, time can be sparse, especially when life throws in its usual unexpected curve balls, along with "usual business" in the organisation. Of those three tasks, one will be a quick win to benefit members as soon as possible and concurrent medium and longer term organisational tasks, that will assist in our professional drive towards acceptance and regulation. We are hoping to identify the three tasks to you in the new year.
Some may be unsure of regulation but given my brief time in the executive committee I believe that if we are not driving our profession towards stronger regulation, other than our current self regulation, that we will have it decided for us, by people with less or no understanding of our profession. If time is readily available and we efficiently achieve set goals, new tasks will be started, it's not a restricted list. The decision has been made to consolidate time usage, so that we can move forward as a profession, rather than firefight and have a reactive approach. We are also open to assistance from those that deem they have a useful skill set for the tasks that will be selected and identified to you, we will all benefit. Yes, this is our call out to the greater team (you!) for help on our way forward.
Another part of consistency is succession planning. It's a given that executive members will change and we would love for our members to come and experience what happens in the executive team. This may take the form of helping on an identified task/goal, or as a mentoring/shadowing type scenario to gain understanding of the different roles and how scary it isn't. Many people have valuable skills that we would love to be able to utilise, even if for brief periods of time. You are guaranteed to come away with at least one valuable learning! Chat to any past or present executive member and I'm sure you'll be amazed at the possibilities and doors that open for our own personal/professional development, whilst contributing to our professions future.
Additional to the above, Roger Gooch is solidly working away at planning the 2020 MNZ Conference in New Plymouth, so start your planning to get yourself there for another very informative gathering. Save the date - 18-20 September 2020.
In conjunction with the conference, Iselde de Boam (MNZ AHANZ rep) is working tirelessly behind the scenes to organise the massage Hui, where a gathering of stakeholders will contribute to the possible future of massage in NZ. This task is massive and a first in NZ, so have a look at the project and contribute where you can www.massagehui.org.nz
We are in exciting times, having the opportunity to be recognised as professional healthcare providers, which in turn means that we need to be aware of our behaviours and act accordingly. So many areas contribute to professionalism and it's often easy to let some lapse. Please be mindful of all aspects when interacting with the public, other health professionals, our own colleagues and peers. One area that needs some attention, is the language around MNZ membership and massage qualifications. Considering how we interact with our fellow massage therapists that are not currently MNZ members is very important, as they are often as "qualified" as us but choose not to be MNZ members. Please remember to treat ALL other massage therapists with respect and adhere to our code of ethics and conduct, as we are all trying to contribute to people's well-being, and with regulation looking inevitable, we will all be together eventually.
It's only fitting that we thank you for your support and contribution for the year that has almost gone, everyone has made MNZ what it is today, and that is leaps and bounds from where it all started. Its often easy to forget how and where everything started, but we need to remember that the profession used to go unrecognised and now we are all being noticed for the great work that is happening out there. Remember that each of us has a unique story and skill set and we all need each other to help our profession progress, so come along and contribute if and when you have the time.
Have a great festive season everyone, whatever you choose to do and remember to do the stuff that makes you thrive!
Take Care, See you next year!
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